London to Helsinki – 1st December 2018

Early start this morning and we met Charlotte and Ed in the car park! Checked in and the traditional beer, despite the early hour.

We left London on time and just under three hours later we were landing in a cold, but bright, Helsinki.

We caught the train to the centre and then a taxi to our hotel, the Radisson Blu Seaside. As we were early, we couldn’t check in so we dropped our bags and went exploring, with some food being the first stop. After that we had a wander!

Old church green

Orthodox church

Helsinki cathedral

Helsinki train station

Helsinki is VERY cold. It’s about -2 celcius but then there is the wind chill. We stopped a couple of times, the first for a hot chocolate!

The proof that not every drink contains alcohol!

We walked back to the hotel and checked in. The room is huge although quite industrial – I think it’s supposed to be trendy.

After a shower and freshen up we met up with Charlotte and Ed for some food at 7.30. none of us could face the outside again so we stayed in the hotel restaurant and after a couple of drinks had a really lovely, if not expensive, meal. An early night beckoned and we were asleep by 10.30 after such an early start.

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